While I would like to see the other side of these charming valentines – to see who sent and received them and to read any handwritten messages – I dare not risk destroying the cards by trying to separate them from the crumbling scrapbook pages. Some of the cards are crumbling, too.
1880s – 1890s
Sarah married in 1905. By 1920 she had four living children: Robert King Salyers (1907), James Richard Salyers (1910), Mary Alice Salyers (James Richard's twin, 1910), and David Hillis Salyers II (1915). I speculate that all but the first of these cards belonged to those children. Several of the cards were in a scrapbook Sarah compiled for her youngest son.
The first card has an Irish look to me, maybe a nod to the Howe family's strong links to Ireland. Her grandparents John Howe and Sarah Brown Howe immigrated to the U.S. in 1847.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these 12 vintage cards. Coming soon: cards sent and received in celebration of St. Patrick's Day and Easter.
Happy Valentine's Day!